“If you’re going to come this country
You should learn to speak English.”
I’ve heard that all of my life
And it always sounded racist, cruel.
America has no national language.
Decades ago, I moved to California.
I settled, married, raised a family
In the great central valley.
I even lost a child here.
This valley is my country,
And it is very Mexicana.
Mi casa es muy Mexicana.
Muchos millones de nosotros
And I say if you’re coming to my country
Speak any language you wish….
But some Spanish might be helpful.
(Even if it is as weak as mine!)